Having grown up in Central America as a missionary kid (MK), I developed a love for Latin America and its people. I felt the call to give my life to God as a missionary on a short-term missions trip in Brazil while in college. I studied Psychology at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor (1987) and then went on to study at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1991) in Deerfield, Illinois. I have a passion to lead church planting teams and help other church planters which is why I have focused the research for my Doctor in Ministry degree on church planting team leadership.
My wife, Sue, and I have been missionaries in Peru since 1995 serving first in Lima and for the last 13 years in Arequipa Peru. We have three children David (Feb. 1991), Philip (Aug. 1993) and Becky (Sept. 1995).
Currently I am the church planting team leader in Arequipa, Peru where I guide the missionary/pastoral team in the establishment of the El Camino church. With in Peru, I am also involved in helping the newly formed church association (Christian Bible Church Association) as they steps to multiply churches in Peru. I am also LINC (Latin Impact Network Churches) Ministry Area Leader supervising missionaries in Peru (Arequipa and Piura), Honduras and Costa Rica and maintain contacts with pastoral leaders in Venezuela.
Susan, David, Philip, Becky
The ministry focus of LINC in Central and South America is to make disciples and unite them in congregations capable of multiplying themselves in other parts of their city and country and with the view of sending Latin missionaries to other parts of the world.
In Arequipa our focus has been church planting. We have been working on establishing a church, El Camino, in the middle class district of Yanahuara while at the same time helping this church reach out to a poor neighborhood called "Ciudad de Dios." In the future we would also like to establish a church in the southern part of the city.
Arequipa is an old and very traditional city, and its people are very proud of that tradition. Catholicism is the dominant religion and is deeply rooted in the heart of the Arequipe?o tradition. The city itself is changing, however. Malls are replacing traditional markets; more and more cars fill the streets; the internet has paved the way for new information and ideas to come to this traditional city. The typical Arequipe?o is proud of his roots, but more and more they are open to new and modern ideas.
Primary Prayer Request:
Pray for the transition of a Peruvian pastor into El Camino's leadership team and ministry.
Pray for the development of other leaders to take significant ministry roles in El Camino, the church in Ciudad de Dios and future church plants.